Wednesday, September 25, 2013

You are what you eat

So I have been on this clean eating God's diet path since February and I have become very passionate about it. 

In February I realized I had a one month old son that I was feeding everything that I was eating. Good, bad or indifferent. 

The real kicker was the 2 boxes of Girl Scout thin mints that I ate one evening. Had I really just done that? Wowza! Why was my food addiction and lack of food control (self control) causing me to be such a glutton. 

I had some serious talks with my cousin Jennifer who is a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practicioner. She is such a knowledgeable wealth of information! 

But It wasn't until I got mastitis that I realized maybe there is something to this food thing. I found in my research about mastitis that sugar is one of the main causes! It couldn't have been the two boxes of thin mints, oh but it was. 

So I cold turkey cut out white sugar and white flour. Cold turkey like it was alcohol or cigaretts but really sugar is just as addicting as a drug! 

It was crazy how fast the weight started falling off just from removing two things from my diet. 

With the help of a great group of ladies in Rocksprings, our weight support group made me realize there are so many misconceptions about what foods are healthy. 

We live in a such a low fat, no fat, calorie counting, carb cutting society. Fad Diets! 

So many people want to be healthy and want to lose weight and we as Americans have made these yo yo diets so readily avaliable and complex. No one really wants to eat the cardboard that they say will make you drop 2 dress sizes in two weeks do they? 

Well I just want to say that there is something way tastier and easier out there. There is no counting or calculating or exercise regimen. It's just simply eating what God put on this earth for us to consume. Not what we as humans have turned it into "food" overly processed sugar laden junk. 

This Micky Ds picture from The Healthy Home Economist really cracked me up! So much so that it started this entire rant. With all this being said I absolutely 110 percent believe we are what we eat. 

So what are you eating these days? 


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pumpkin Granola

I know I have been MIA all summer.

Trying to get settled in our new home and adjusted to a new job takes time. I think I am back though.

Ready to share my journey of starting over from raw land.

have huge dreams and hopes for my new space and know it's only going to take a little sweat and hopefully not very much blood. 

Anyway I made this granola as an ode to the first day of fall! Which was an amazing beautiful day!!!

A friend of mine over at Coles Creamery introduced me to this a few weeks ago. It is wonderful and full of goodness!

5 cups steel cut oats or rolled
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup honey
½ cup pumpkin purée
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup grade B 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cherries 
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds 

Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.
In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated. They will be moist. Then add dried fruit, seeds and nuts. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and stir. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp.  Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • I have a big ziplock full packed in my purse for breakfast tomorrow. It's pretty yummy stuff. Even Sam and my dad approved. 

  • Enjoy! 

  • Jurahee